Queensland Cup - Round 13 - Preview

THE two Seagulls teams in the Queensland Cup share the competition lead with Tweed in the most danger of slipping down the ladder this weekend. Tweed Heads Seagulls will host the Ipswich Jets at Piggabeen on Saturday in the ABC television game, the first time Aunty?s camera have ventured south of the border. Both teams are coming off losses ? Tweed in an upset to the Central Comets and Ipswich to the Burleigh Bears. Tweed?s loss was the biggest shock of the round although Central are confident of winning more games than they lose in the run home to the finals. While Tweed were losing the Wynnum Seagulls were hanging on for a thrilling 31-28 win over the North Queensland Young Guns at Kougari Oval. That result elevated Wynnum to first place on percentages after they had gone into the round in fourth place. That shows you how congested things are at the top and how difficult it is to predict the minor premiers. Wynnum play Souths Logan at Davies Park on Saturday afternoon although Souths will be at full strength and rejuvenated after a bye. Redcliffe, Ipswich and Toowoomba share third spot on 17 points with Redcliffe hosting the only Sunday match of the round ? against Burleigh at Dolphin Oval. Burleigh are on 15 points and a win will have people talking about the Bears as possible minor premiers. Toowoomba play bottom side Wests at Purtell Park on Saturday and no matter what team they field, the Clydesdales should account for the Panthers. The final make-up of the Toowoomba side will hinge on fitness tests on 15 Broncos players involved in Wednesday night?s State of Origin clash and the colts curtain-raiser. Toowoomba is the Broncos feeder club with the Brisbane side playing away to Canberra on Sunday in their NRL clash. There are two Saturday night matches this weekend: Central host Norths at Browne Park, Rockhampton and North Queensland host Easts Tigers at the Townsville Sports Reserve. Both the Comets and Norths would harbour some hope of making the finals, particularly as Norths have a game up their sleeve. But the loser of this game will do it tough. North Queensland and Easts are on 12 points, five points out of a finals berth, and like wise the loser here will do it tough to make the top five. Next Saturday at Roma the Queensland Rangers will play New South Wales Country with the Queensland side chosen after the annual divisional carnival at Stadium Toowoomba last weekend. South West won the carnival.

NSWRL Premier League : Round 9 results

FINAL results in from Round 9 of the NSWRL Premier League played last weekend. Following the match between Canberra and Parramatta, we now have the Raiders as outright leaders in the competition.

A great start to the SOO series at Suncorp

THE first State of Origin match in 2003 at a packed Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane was another classic match with NSW coming out the victors by 25 - 12 over a very committed QLD team.

Origin Gains High TV Rating

THE opening match of the 2003 Harvey Norman State of Origin Series has attracted a massive Australia wide viewing audience of 3,534,883 people.

Stapling Head Wounds Offputting To Aussie Viewers

THE Australian Rugby League (ARL) today said it would ban the use of medical staple guns on the field of play after fans saw gruesome images of a player being treated during the State of Origin match yesterday.

Walker waiting for call

SYDNEY Roosters flyer Chris Walker says he is hoping to receive a phone call from Queensland State Of Origin selectors following the Maroons' costly loss to NSW last night.

Ground surface leads to political point-scoring

THE Queensland Opposition today called on the State Government to take the blame for the poor quality of the playing surface at the new $280 million Suncorp Stadium.

Tallis pleads guilty

QUEENSLAND captain Gorden Tallis has pleaded guilty to a high tackle on Brisbane team-mate Michael Devere during the opening State of Origin game.

NSW wins classic match

ANDREW Johns got a kiss from his coach Phil Gould after a dominant performance as New South Wales won the opening State of Origin rugby league match against Queensland in Brisbane.

Kearns To Heed Coach's Words

MELBOURNE Storm prop Robbie Kearns is determined to follow the advice of NSW coach Phil Gould and play a key role for his club this weekend just days after helping the Blues to a memorable State of Origin victory.

Multi-use Jubilee : The Battle For Botany Bay

AS part of the plan for a wider community use of OKI Jubilee Stadium, the Soccer Dragons will be playing a State-level Superleague game on Sunday, the 15th of June, against the Sutherland Sharks(3.00pm kick-off).

Telstra Football Expo At Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush Bay,

RUGBY league fans can prepare for Sunday?s clash between the Bulldogs and Manly-Warringah at Sydney Showground by attending the Telstra Football Expo at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush Bay, prior to kick-off.

Dragons lose Ryles with Origin injury

NSW prop Jason Ryles has been ruled out of St George Illawarra's Telstra Premiership match against the Knights in Newcastle tomorrow with a shoulder injury from last night's State of Origin clash.

Eels sign four players

PARRAMATTA looks to have solved its halfback dilemma, for the next four National Rugby League seasons at least, with the signing of youngster Michael Witt to a new long-term deal.

McLinden re-signs for three more years with Raiders

TALENTED utility back Mark McLinden has re-signed with Canberra for another three National Rugby League seasons. McLinden has been considering a move to England but has decided to stay in the national capital to pursue a premiership with the Raiders.